Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
Gina, Jerry Lee, and Holly on Limbo Beach, Orkney
Gina Longo Britain Unleashed® Author, Historician, Solo Traveller Dog-friendly historical travel stories with a cheeky twist
Gina Longo                                          Britain Unleashed®Author, Historician, Solo Traveller     Dog-friendly  historical travel stories with a cheeky twist

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Here you'll find intros and links to the five most recent newsletter posts.

Jerry Lee and Holly in Glencoe, Scotland Jerry Lee and Holly in Glencoe, Scotland

Post #2 (p. 12): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

1 June 2019


7b. Fun and Games: Just Horsing Around.


<insert non-eye-roll-inducing horse joke here>


I did try to find a funny horse joke to start off the second period of our sports romp around Richmond Park, but my efforts were to neigh avail, so we'll skip the joke and get straight to the serious horsing around.


If you caught Page 1 of the Richmond Park saga, you might remember that the park owes its existence to horses—or at least to one king's obsession with horses and hunting. (And given what ended the rein... I mean, reign... of King Charles I, you have to wonder if author Washington Irving spent any time reading British history for inspiration.)...


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Post #2 (p. 11): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

4 May 2019


7a. Fun and Games: Cricket, Rugby, and the Olympics.


After slugging our way through the many wars that Richmond Park has had a hand in (Britain's sparred in quite a few international punch-ups over the years, hasn't it?), it's about time we lightened it up a bit. So to set the mood, here we go, with thanks to


The cricket fan had dragged his wife and child along to the ground to watch the local side. He watched with interest, but they were plainly bored and shifted uncomfortably in their seats. The child brightened and turned to the mother. "They just shouted 'Over!'" she said. "I know," replied her mother wearily, "but don't take any notice. It goes on and on and on."...


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Post #2 (p. 10): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

6 April 2019


6g. War and Empire... once more for good measure: World War II (Part 5)


If I'd known what a dangerous country the UK is, I'm not sure I'd have been gutsy enough to travel alone around it for so long. (Although to be fair, I did have a top-flight security team!)


From big cities like London, Leeds, and Manchester to the hinterlands of Shetland and Wales, it sure seems as if people get bumped off left and right. And you know what? Those aren't even the deadliest places to visit....


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Post #2 (p. 9): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

9 March 2019


6f. War and Empire... yes, here we go again: World War II (Part 4)


Have you ever gone through something that wasn't much fun while it was happening, but in retrospect it seemed like the time of your life? (I have... driving that dratted Jeep for the first year of the dogs' and my UK travels, but I'll save those stories for the book.)


If you have as well, then you might be able to relate to David Niven's feelings about his Phantom experiences when he reminisced after the war, which he usually didn't talk about: "They were wonderful days which I would not have missed for anything."...


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Post #2 (p. 8): the Tour de GB: Richmond Park

12 January 2019


6e. War and Empire... it's déjà vu all over again. Again. And again: World War II (Part 3)


When you read the names Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and George Custer, what's the first word that pops into your mind? Beyond "generals," of course. Now what if you add Bernard Montgomery to that list? (Yes, another general. Besides that.)


There are probably more than a few choice words you could use to describe them, but there's one that really fits: arrogant. Each of these men was without question a courageous military leader, but each one was, equally without question, arrogant, egotistical, and insufferable to boot....


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